January 4–22, 2017 (depart January 3 if flying directly from the US)

Made in China

Where does your smartphone come from? How about your jeans? Or that apple juice you're drinking? “Made in China” suggests anonymous mass production, low quality, and complex geopolitical economics. We all consume things we know are made in China, from electronics to garments. Lesser known is the breadth of Chinese manufacturing: vehicles, children’s books, western stringed instruments, Whole Foods organic products, and even handmade oil paintings. The diversity and deftness of Chinese manufacturing should not be too surprising: China has been a center for arts and crafts since Neolithic times.

This study abroad trip will look at how things are made in China and its impact on the contemporary designer and artist. We will visit modern factories and see how our  consumables are produced. We will also explore rapidly growing centers of global culture, art, and economics in the modern Chinese cities of Shenzhen and Shanghai. This will be coupled with trips to historic centers and collections of traditional Chinese painting, calligraphy, silk, tea, architecture, and ceramics.

By traveling to China, we will answer the question "Where does my ____ come from?" We will see it for ourselves to forever alter our world view. This exploration is not merely about foreign cultures but about the material underpinnings of all contemporary cultures. This is a trip spanning thousands of years of making and craft, including the ways all of our current "stuff" is made.

Credits: 3 or 6 credits STUDIO (3000-level)

Pablo Garcia, AIADO, Contemporary Practices
Sharon Burdett, AIADO

Program fee: Approx. $2,850 (including accommodation, internal and ground transport, some group meals; not including airfare to Hong Kong and from Shanghai)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour.

Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: October 12, 2016

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, September 7, 12:10 p.m.
Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., suite LV 202

Wednesday, September 21, 4:15 p.m.
Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., suite LV 202